Expressive Arts is an integration of artistic modalities into a creative or a therapeutic environment.
The modalities that I use are: art, movement, dance, drama, music, and poetry or writing
Expressive Arts can be used in different environments and with different populations. It is an invitation to self-expression and self-exploration.
Some examples from my work:
- To stimulate creativity in children.
- To encourage change in personal growth workshops for adults.
- For healing with women: those who have eating disorders, women who have suffered trauma, and women who have been abused.
- To enhance the well-being and self-esteem of those with Autism, the elderly, and those with brain injuries.
- To aid in the healing process, and a form of communication for children and adults who are grieving.
The goal in expressive arts is not to provide a perfect performance or artistic piece, but to provide a vehicle for the expression of emotions, the self, or a situation. The process is highlighted not the product. Therefore, no previous artistic knowledge is necessary.
The ability to communicate in a non-verbal way empowers the individual to stay in the body, which then highlights the feelings and sensations. This process does not allow the individual to think, judge, or analyze the situation.
This form of nonverbal communication done in a therapeutic setting means that new perspectives on old problems may emerge, and new ideas and solutions have the ability to surface as a result.